Keep Your Startup Company Going By Connecting With Smart Investors
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Keep Your Startup Company Going By Connecting With Smart Investors

Learn how to identify SmartMoney investors, get an introduction, a meeting and a termsheet from top notch investors.
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Last updated 7/2014
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn how to identify and attract financing from SmartMoney sources that will bring valuable relationships and industry expertise to the table to accelerate your growth.
  • By the end of this course, you will have a deeper understanding of the pros and cons of various sources of financing for your startup company.
  • You will have a roadmap for getting all the resources you need to make your startup company successful.
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  • No previous experience is necessary. The SmartMoney course will benefit first time entrepreneurs as well as experienced startup executives who have raised money before.
  • All you need is a computer, or tablet, or mobile device with a standard brower and you have everything you need to take this course.
  • You can view the course modules in sequential order, or review the list and review the ones that interest you the most. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND module 4.1 because building a target list of DREAM TEAM investors is the most valuable part of the entire SmartMoney Startups course.

If you need to raise money for your startup company, this course will help you identify, attract and get a termsheet from SmartMoney investors. Harvard Business School indicates that 75% of startup companies fail, and they all have one thing in common: they ran out of money. If you get the RIGHT investors, your chances of success go up significantly. In this course, we will show you how to attract financing from SmartMoney sources that will give you a significant advantage over the competition. SmartMoney investors can bring insider relationships and industry expertise to the table that will open doors to rapid growth opportunities that your competitors will not be able to reach.

Based on real world experience, this course covers angel investments, venture capital, private equity and strategic corporate investment opportunities along with crowdfunding, grant money, bank loans, venture debt and more.

The SmartMoney course compiles some of the best known wisdom for entrepreneurs about how to finance your startup company and position yourself for rapid growth and success.

Who is the target audience?
  • All entrepreneurs with a startup company, or an idea for a startup, will benefit greatly from this SmartMoney course.
  • Anyone interested in raising money for starting, improving, or growing a business.
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Curriculum For This Course
45 Lectures
SmartMoney Course Overview
3 Lectures 14:59
How Investors can MAKE or BREAK your Business
6 Lectures 30:58
How SmartMoney Accelerates Your Business

The Cost of NOT having SmartMoney - $1.65 Billion

265,000 Angel Investors - Finding the RIGHT ONE for You

4,000 VC Deals a Year - What Makes Them So Special?

Get Your Share of $2.2 Billion in Corporate Investments in Startups

How to Save Time by Screening Investors
How Much Money Should You Raise?
2 Lectures 11:44
How Much Money Should You Raise?

A Simple Startup Budget Template
Why Every Startup Needs a Target Investor List
4 Lectures 36:12

SmartMoney Target Investor Worksheet

Why a Target Investor List is Essential

How to Qualify Investors

How to Screen Venture Capital Firms

How to Leverage Your Executive Sponsor
How to get a SmartMoney Meeting
4 Lectures 15:50
The Secret to Opening Doors

How to Get Meetings with Investors

The Secret to Getting into the "Liquid Platinum Club"

Get Meetings by Creating Visibility
Getting a Termsheet - Pitching for Success
5 Lectures 14:42
Secrets of SharkTank Success

Top Reasons Why Your Pitch is NOT Compelling

Why You Should be Selective with Investors

The Importance of the Beer Test

Why You Don't Want to Hear "We're Very Interested"
Getting Cash in Your Account - How to Close the Deal
8 Lectures 46:56
How to Use Poker Secrets to Close Investors

Keys to Overcoming Deal Killers

How to Accelerate the Due Diligence Process

DeMystify the Deal Approval Process

Deal Momentum - How to be the Squeaky Wheel

What to Expect for Deal Structure

How to Get the Wire Transfer into your Bank Account

Post-Closing Celebration!
Other Sources of Cash
12 Lectures 26:45
How to Raise Cash Without Giving Up Stock

Are You Making These Mistakes with Sweat Equity?

Credit Card Financing - Pros and Cons

Grant Money - Do You Qualify?

Prize Money and Free Services

How to Get Bank Loans

When to use Venture Debt

How to Reap Huge Benefits from Customer Financing

$5 Billion in Crowdfunding - What You Need to Know

Why All Founders Should Invest Cash in the Business

Friends, Family and Fools

Equity CrowdFunding - Title 2 vs Title 3
SmartMoney Financing Summary
1 Lecture 01:52

This module summarizes much of the learning in the SmartMoney Startup Course and if you have any questions you can email us at

SmartMoney Financing Summary
About the Instructor
Jeff (J.D.) Davids
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Serial Venture Executive

Jeff Davids has been helping build, grow and monetize innovative startup companies funded by top tier venture capital firms since 1991. He has served on the management teams of eight venture capital backed startups and has advised, consulted and invested in many more, having completed well over $1 billion in venture capital, M&A and IPO transactions. Four of those companies successfully completed IPO or sale transactions and three others continue to grow towards successful shareholder exits.

Jeff earned his CPA at KPMG Peat Marwick and has had the pleasure of working with portfolio companies funded by top venture firms including Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, NEA, Mohr Davidow, Physic Ventures, Thomas McNerney & Partners, TA Associates and many others.

In his roles as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, he has developed deep industry expertise in the software, hardware, digital media, clean technology, healthcare and consumer sectors.

Jeff earned his Bachelors degree with University Honors from The Ohio State University, he earned his CPA Certification in California, and served four years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps.

Jeff has worked with many successful startups and clients both large and small including Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA), MGM Mirage (MGM), Websense (WBSN), Wireless Facilities (WFII), DH Technology (DHTK), Organic Online (OGNC), Accrue Software (ACRU), vMix Media, SGB and many others.